Andrews to be inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame
Long-time Victoria native, team Canada standout, UBC Grad and Oak Bay field hockey club member Shelley Winter Andrews is one of many great names to be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in May 2015. Andrews joins speed skater Denny Morrison, NHL all-star Paul Kariya, wheelchair rugby star Garrett Hickling, middle distance runner Leah Pells and the 2012 women’s soccer team who won bronze at the London Olympics, for the class of 2015.
Going into the Hall as builders are baseball’s John Haar and Denny Veitch, who was co-founder of the Vancouver Whitecaps and who spearheaded amateur football development in B.C. while an assistant general manager and later general manager of the Lions. J. P. McConnell, long-time radio voice of the B.C. Lions, will be inducted into the media wing.
Following an outstanding Oak Bay high school career in Victoria, BC, where she was selected the school’s outstanding athlete of 1971, Shelley played five years with the UBC field hockey team from 1971/72 until 1975/76. ‘Bim’ Schrodt was her coach the first three years while Gerry Gilmore coached her last two. In four of those five years UBC was Canada West champion in large part through the work and skill of Shelley Winter. With UBC in 72/73, she was the Vancouver Field Hockey Assn. MVP (Watson Trophy) the same year she was awarded the Joan Livesey Memorial Sportsmanship Award. In her final year at UBC, 1976, Shelley was presented the Marilyn Pomfret trophy as UBC’s Female Athlete of the Year. Her UBC teammates remember her as an “incredible athlete” and a “quiet leader.” She was “very reliable, hard working with a good attitude.”
In addition to leading UBC in both Canada West and City League competition, Shelley was embarking upon an impressive career as a player on Canada’s National Field Hockey team. Starting while at UBC in 1975 through to 1986, Winter was selected to play on Canada’s team each of those twelve years. She is one of only three women in Canadian field hockey history (and the only one from BC) to play more than ten years for Canada’s team – her 12 years being more than twice as many as the next highest UBC representative. She also has the distinction of being the first Canadian female player to appear in more than 100 international test matches.
Well into the 2000s she was still playing club hockey in Victoria, where she had been a league All-Star every year since 1976 and five times selected the league’s outstanding player. Andrews was also inducted in to the UBC Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
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